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posted Jan 19, 2018

A Handbook for Trail Design, Construction, and Maintenance

by North Country National Scenic Trail

The purpose of this handbook is to lay the foundation upon which the North Country NST will achieve a degree of consistency from one segment to another.

categories: Design and Building, Trail Construction
tags: maintenance

posted Jan 19, 2018

Emerging Trends in Pocket Bike Parks

A presentation exploring bike parks with pump-tracks, skills areas, dirt jumps and freeride areas.

categories: Design and Building
tags: mountain biking, parks

posted Jan 19, 2018

Park Guidelines for Off-Highway Vehicles

by National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC)

The Park Guidelines for Off-Highway Vehicles, an expansive 200-page illustrated manual, is the only publication of its kind.

categories: Design and Building
tags: off-highway vehicles (ohv)

posted Jan 19, 2018

Building Sustainable Trails: Key Design Elements

by Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation

Designing sustainable contour trails that reduce maintenance needs while providing a good experience for visitors.

categories: Design and Building, Best Practices, Trail Design
tags: sustainable trails

posted Jan 19, 2018

Two Trail Design Books Cover "How to Think" and "How to Do It"

by American Trails Staff

A review of two popular trail design books.

categories: Design and Building
tags: sustainable trails, mountain biking, surfaces, safety, book review

posted Jan 19, 2018

Guidelines for Trail Development within Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

by Montgomery County Commissioners

The purpose of this document is to provide desirable and minimum trail design standards to municipalities applying for county open space funds to develop trail connections. The municipality’s open space plan must indicate connections to existing or proposed county trails, and county parks and historic sites to be eligible for county trail funding.

categories: Design and Building
tags: funding

posted Jan 19, 2018

Wake County, North Carolina, Trail Design Guidelines

​The Consolidated Open Space Plan (COSP) guides the work of Wake County's Open Space Program. The Plan presents policy recommendations, program guidelines and suggested methods that should be used by the County and its partners to conserve remaining open space.

categories: Design and Building, Trail Design
tags: funding

posted Jan 19, 2018

Trail Design Guidelines for Portland, Oregon’s Park System

by Portland Parks and Recreation

Trails are an integral part of our park and recreation system. They are used by people of all ages and abilities to exercise, relax, socialize, view wildlife, and travel to destinations such as school and work.

categories: Design and Building, Best Practices
tags: urban trails

posted Jan 19, 2018

Presentation on Minnesota DNR’s Trail Manual

by Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Provides a snapshot of new MN DNR’s Trail Manual - Importance of quality - Importance of sustainability

categories: Design and Building
tags: sustainable trails

posted Jan 19, 2018

Trail Planning, Design & Development Guidelines

by Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

This 300-page spiral-bound publication, several years in the making, provides a first-ever comprehensive "how-to" guidebook for developing all types of recreational trails.

categories: Design and Building, Trail Design
tags: funding

Results from the Business Directory


Interior Trails

Healy, Alaska

Design, Build, Consult, Teach--Sustainable Trails for Alaska and Beyond.


PO Box 618, Healy, Alaska 99743
(907) 952-3517 • [email protected]

Bellfree Contractors, Inc.

Granada Hills, California

Bellfree Contractors, Inc., incorporated in 1987 and licensed as a California "A" contractor license number 530940, has been in the forefront of trail and pedestrian bridge construction for over 40 years.


11856 Balboa Blvd., Suite 668, Granada Hills, California 91344
(818) 975-5120 • [email protected]

Comprehensive Trail Services

​Manchester, New Hampshire

We believe trails should incorporate the best parts of nature and not be a distraction from the outdoor environment. From rocks to roots, we utilize all great aspects of the outdoors to enhance the experience for all dif...


456 Wellington Hill Rd, ​Manchester, New Hampshire 03104
(603) 493-4779 • [email protected]

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